FAQs

Question: Can I drink alcohol?

Yes but only on a limited basis. You are not allowed to drink beer or cider. You are allowed to drink 1-2 standard glasses of wine per day but we recommend you have this with a meal. We don’t ban alcohol completely because that wouldn’t be much fun :-) but we do want to give your liver a chance to recover if you are a regular drinker since alcohol is a toxin.  Cider is very high in sugar. Beer and dry wine are low in sugar. But beer is high in carbohydrates (10-20 grams per pint depending on type, and even higher for stouts) which is why it’s so fattening and why we exclude it. Plus they are “non-nutritional” carbs, unlike the carbs in whole fruit and vegetables. A glass of dry wine on the other hand is only 1-2 grams of carb, which is why we are Ok with it in moderation. Go a little easier on sweet wines though, as they can have 5-10 grams of carbs per glass.

Question: Why is beer banned?

Beer and dry wine are low in sugar. But beer is high in carbs (10-20 grams per pint depending on type, and even higher for stouts) which is why it’s so fattening and why we exclude it. Plus they are “non-nutritional” carbs, unlike the carbs in whole fruit and vegetables. A glass of dry wine on the other hand is only 1-2 grams of carb, which is why we are Ok with it in moderation. (Go a little easier on sweet wines though, as they can have 5-10 grams of carbs per glass.)

Question: How does the FabFeb Challenge work?

It’s free to Sign Up for the FabFeb healthy eating challenge. There are three challenge options – Sugar Free, Fast Carb Free and the Pet Challenge. The Rules of the Challenge page outlines what you can or can’t have for each. We give you our Super Smoothie recipe guide for free, plus recipes and meal plans, a community of support and of course a great cause! All we ask is that during the challenge you invite friends and family to click on the Donate button and make a donation to support your challenge. This money goes to the children’s disability charities that we support

Question: Can I use artificial sweeteners like Stevia?

Yes.  We recommend Stevia & Xylitol which are natural sweeteners but not artificial “nutrasweet & aspartame” type sweeteners as these have been shown in some recent lab trials to cause pre-diabetic symptoms and negatively impact digestive tract bacteria

Question: Can I eat fruit?

Yes.  But you should limit yourself to no more than 2-3 pieces a day.

Question: Can I have fruit juice?

No. Fruit juice is high in fruit sugar (fructose) and in fact the sugar level can be higher than in a coke or soda. Also the fibre is removed in the juicing process so it spikes your blood glucose and insulin levels, causing fat accumulation and increasing your diabetes risk. Fruit is only good in its whole form or blended in a smoothie where the fibre is retained, as this slows digestion.

Question: Can I have sushi?

No. Its actually not healthy. Its made from “sticky” rice and the stickiness is from a high level of added sugar. In addition, the white rice is a fast digesting carbohydrate that spikes your blood glucose and insulin levels, causing fat accumulation.

Question: Can I have sugar in my tea/coffee?

No, of course not. Are you kidding? :-)

Question: Can I have sugar on my cereal?

No, of course not. Are you kidding? :-)

Question: Can I have sweet potato, if I am doing the Fast Carb Free challenge?

Yes. It has great fibre and is a slower digesting carb (so only a moderate rating on the Glycemic Index) whereas normal potato tends to be fast digesting and significantly higher on the Glycemic Index (depending on variety). But you should also consider trying other alternatives like: cauliflower mash, white bean mash, pumpkin and squash.

Question: Can I have sweet and sour pork (Chinese)?

No. Doh! It is very high in sugar (e.g. 3/4 of a cup) which is why its called “sweet & sour pork”. Otherwise it would just be called “sour pork”. :-)

Question: Can I bake a cake, biscuits or dessert and add sugar?

No. The intention of the challenge is for you to avoid added sugar wherever possible. Our exemption around foods with a sugar content of less than 10% only applies to pre-packaged foods (like a tin of baked beans for example)

Question: How many cheat meal tickets can I get?

You are limited to 2 cheat meal tickets during the event and must make a donation (minimum $20) to purchase each one.  Click the Donate button on the Home page then select “Cheat Meal Ticket” when completing your donation.  We will email you the ticket.

Question: Will copying or uploading a recipe be a breach of copyright?

No. Copyright law is pretty clear that Recipes are functional in nature and the Ingredients and Instructions are “facts” and “processes or procedures”, hence cannot be copyrighted. However, photos and illustrations or accompanying expressive narratives can be copyrighted, so these must not be used without the original author’s permission. To read further on this, refer key cases such as Publications International Ltd v. Meredith Corp. (88 F.3d 473 (7th Cir. 1996)). We suggest that if you copied or only slightly modified someone else’s recipe then you simply acknowledge them.

Question: Can I have wholemeal pasta?

The answer is a qualified “yes”. We take our guidance from what is healthy for Diabetics with regard to wholemeal pasta. Meaning you can have it provided:
– The whole-grain pasta should have a minimum of 3 to 5 grams of fibre per serving according to the nutrition facts label.
– You limit your portion size to no more than 1 cup of pasta per meal. Note: a diabetic portion size of wholegrain pasta is only 1/3 cup = 15 grams carbohydrate
– You do not have it more than once per week and consider alternating it with healthier alternatives like “zucchini spaghetti”, which is made very simply by using a vegetable peeler to cut around some zucchini to create “noodle-like strips”. Avoid peeling into the seeded core. You may need 2-3 zucchini to create a reasonable quantity depending on number of people eating. Then simply blanche it in some olive oil in a saucepan for 30-60 seconds and serve with pasta sauce on top!